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When I go shopping for bargains at the Good Will Store.

When I go shopping for bargains at the Good Will Store ...

I see people who are not their to find bargains or useful things for their homes, but rather, they are antique and eBay hunters, who are strictly there early so they can buy up as many antiques, novelties and valuable brick or bracks that they can take and re-sell on eBay or Angie's List or perhaps Amazon. Who knows?

It makes me kind of angry because the poor people who are in need of some good dinnerware or household items that they otherwise would never be able to afford, are essentially deprived of those rare items that once sold for top dollar at the markets that ended up in the thrift stores, due to liquidations of an estate after a death or given as donations. The main thing I find troublesome about those eBay hunters or antique buyers is that they have little intention of using anything they buy at a thrift store, but rather they are greedy gusses, who feel they are entitled to buy out all of the good things to re-sell them either at auction or online in some form or fashion.

That leaves the common person, of average financial means, to be left only with the dregs, the garbage that is left behind. This not only applies to brick-a-bracks or dinnerware, but furniture, lamps, art and books and even ladies purses and shoes and hats that may have been given as donations from a very well to do person such as a purse, sold for around ten dollars but was an original Prada. Or an original oil painting that once sold for 500 dollars at a starving artists' sale and is being sold at Good Will or Salvation Army for around 20 dollars.

There are so many treasures you might be lucky to find when shopping early at a thrift store but beware! There are other people who only go on days they know when there will be lots of fresh items in inventory and who have one thing in mind and one thing only, that is, to feed their greed!

The only way to benefit and make use of needful things and even find a few treasures at a thrift mart is that you stand at the front door at the beginning of a bargain sale day and have a hundred or more dollars in your pocket and be ready to go for the hunt, before those selfish bargain hunters try to snatch up every last thing of real value. It's a jungle out there and you should be prepared for it, otherwise, if you go in late in the day after most of the good stuff is already taken up, you will be sorely disappointed. I for one don't buy junk at thrift stores. I look for treasures, Italian crystal, Stoneware, original art, antique books and very new books and things from the 60s or 70s that have been donated after an estate sale and nobody wanted it so they gave things to charities.

I have found brand new shirts that would cost upwards of 65 dollars for sale, brand spanking new, at a Good Will or a Salvation Army. Today was no exception. Due to the fact that Good Will had a 50% off sale for specially tagged items of clothing, I purchased a sports shirt, brand new, for under 2 dollars that sold new for about 30. I also managed to find a very nice silver kitchen basket to hold tall kitchen utensils that I used for long handled wooden spoons.

I spend all of 3 dollars today and I am very happy with my purchase. I have purchased other items in the past such as French presses, dining room chairs, exercise machines and oil paintings. I too am sort of a bargain person but when I buy items at a thrift mart, I buy things that I want to own for my self, not to sell online to make a small profit. For this reason I am kind of in opposition of those who ruin things for the majority of us who are not filthy rich and who actually could make use of some new things in our own homes to make life a little more pleasant.

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MegL wrote on February 20, 2017, 3:27 AM

The same sort of thing happens with freegling or freecycling. Some people give away items on freecycle (they get picked up from your house or wherever you choose to meet) but some people don't use them themselves, they sell them on. That is against the spirit of freecycling. But I don't know how you could stop it. The charities (good will) don't care, because they get money to help their client base.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 20, 2017, 7:28 PM

If I had the power I would set a buying limit for collectors, those who buy hundreds of dollars worth of items on a regular basis. But I don't have the power. Since I know that there is no way I can put a stop to it, I have to get to such thrift stores early and be looking in a specific area to make sure I have at least a fighting chance at finding and buying something of real personal value or for that matter, quality value.